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In a wide-ranging discussion focusing on simplification, streamlining, and targeting federal financial aid, the House Subcommittee on Higher Education & Workforce Development set out to identify ways Congress can work to make the federal financial aid system better serve students and families. NASFAA members JoEllen Soucier of the Houston Community College System, and Youlonda Copeland-Morgan of the University of California–Los Angeles testified during the hearing.

NASFAA U is pleased to offer two in-person courses during the 2017 National Conference: Cash Management and Professional Judgement. Both courses will take place Thursday morning, June 29, 8:30 to 11:30 am. Conference attendees can  participate in either course and receive a voucher for the associated credential test free of charge. Head to the conference website to learn more about these courses and register for the conference today.


This collaborative facilitated online course provides attendees an overview of the requirements, and how to use Professional Judgment in Need Analysis, when originating Direct Loans, and evaluating Satisfactory Academic Progress. Class begins next month and seating is limited Register Now.

Normally taxes are due on April 15, but because that falls on a Saturday, this year taxes are due on April 18, 2017. If you've got students or parents asking if they are eligible for current incentives, you can direct them to the “2016 Tax Year - Federal Tax Benefits for Higher Education,” page on the Student, Parents & Counselors section of for an explanation the tax credits and deductions available for the 2016 tax year.


National News

"Toward the end of a nearly three-hour hearing on improving the federal student aid system Wednesday, Representative Glenn Grothman identified an issue with Pell Grants that doesn't get much attention. 'Anecdotal evidence' in his district, the Wisconsin Republican said, indicated people are choosing not to marry so they can have incomes low enough to qualify for the need-based aid program," Inside Higher Ed reports.

"After meeting with President Trump and members of Congress in late February, presidents and chancellors of historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) expressed a sense of cautious optimism that there might be more support for their institutions under the new administration. Those hopes were not realized when the administration rolled out its budget proposal on Thursday," according to Diverse: Issues in Higher Education.

"The president of Portland State University, Wim Wiewel, met last week with 10 prospective students in Hyderabad, India. But what started as a get-acquainted visit quickly turned into more of a counseling session, as the students expressed fears about coming to the United States this fall," The New York Times reports.

"Being knowledgable about money management, budgeting and finance is no guarantee of success in life. But ignorance about such concepts often comes at great cost," The Wall Street Journal reports.

State News

"Every day about 500 students cross the border between Mexico and the United States to attend classes at the University of Texas at El Paso. But when officials there worry about college access, the main barrier they see isn’t the 30-foot-high wall that President Trump has pledged to build. It’s the scaffolding of student-support programs, from financial aid to middle-school mentoring to job training, that he wants to tear down," according to The Chronicle of Higher Education.

"Thousands of Fresno high school and college students benefit from federal programs that could be downsized or eliminated under President Donald Trump’s budget proposal," The Fresno Bee reports.

Blogs & Think Tanks

"If you turned off the news, ignored the notifications on your phone or simply couldn’t keep up the past few weeks, it’s time to catch up on some major events in higher education financing," according to Nerd Wallet. NASFAA is mentioned in the article.




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